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Construction scores a hat trick: Starts, jobs, backlog all rise

Sep 24, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: New data turned heads last week when new construction starts, jobs and backlog all notched solid gains to provide a glimmer of hope for the industry, following a summer of worrisome trends that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonresidential building starts rose 16%, while nonbuilding construction — which includes infrastructure projects […]

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4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Be Relentless Like Michael Jordan

Sep 17, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Michael Jordan’s success offers valuable lessons about entrepreneurship. Tim S. Grover, known for his work with elite champions, wrote a book aptly titled Relentless, chronicling his training career and how he took legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and others, from good to great to unstoppable. In the book, Grover describes the workout regimen, both physical […]

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Scientists Found a Way to Turn Bricks Into Batteries

Sep 10, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

One of the biggest barriers to the renewable energy revolution is working out how to store power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Now scientists have shown standard construction bricks can be converted into energy storage units, potentially turning our houses into giant batteries. While lithium ion battery technology has seen […]

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Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

Sep 02, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix. On any given day, Central Concrete, in San Jose, Calif., does what concrete companies have been doing for centuries: combining sand, gravel, water and cement to create the […]

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When should contractors use COVID-19 liability waivers?

Aug 27, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

As a result of the novel coronavirus’ spread, construction industry players are preparing for permanent changes to the way they do business. Other changes that contractors likely will encounter moving forward through and after the pandemic, however, will be in their contracts, both between the owner and general contractor and between the general contractor and […]

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5 Lessons From Richard Branson That Will Make You A Better Leader

Aug 21, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Being a better leader is a matter of practice, and most likely a few great lessons learned along the way. As a billionaire and owner of hundreds of successful businesses, here, Richard Branson shared his very own lessons. Take yourself less seriously “Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy […]

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Tesla Begins Construction Of World’s Largest Energy Storage Facility

Aug 13, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Concept drawing of Tesla’s 1-gigawatt hour (GWh) megapack battery facility. If operational an energy storage system of this size could power every home in San Francisco, CA for up to 6 hours. Credit: Tesla Tesla and PG&E recently broke ground on a record-setting energy storage system in Moss Landing (Monterey) California that, once complete, will […]

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Contractors State License Board Encourages Contractors to Take Advantage of Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program

Aug 13, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

    Contractors State License Board Encourages Contractors to Take Advantage of Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program   SACRAMENTO – The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is encouraging licensed contractors to take advantage of the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program to boost their business during the pandemic. The EBB program helps qualified licensed […]

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$1.97B Allegiant Stadium reaches end zone

Aug 05, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: After 31 months of construction, the Mortenson-McCarthy joint venture building Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas received a Certificate of Occupancy, delivering the project on time, according to a release from the JV. Construction on the $1.97 billion, 1.8 million-square-foot stadium wrapped July 30, and the certificate was awarded the following day. Construction on the […]

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11 favorite home design trends for 2020

Jul 31, 2020 (0) comment , ,

At a moment when many are spending more time at home than ever, many homeowners are finding inspiration in the latest home design trends.  From large-scale interior renovations to uplifting colors of paint, transforming one’s space can be an amazing way to refresh the spirit, and make homeowners feel truly at home. Here’s a quick […]

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